Simple Pleasures

Cupid’s day is just around the corner and I think I’ve found the perfect recipe for the occasion. I’m all about easy baking and force feeding. There is nothing more satisfying than seeing the content smiles on the faces of your loved ones, and if you can manage that without having to slave away in the kitchen then I think you’ve pretty much hit the culinary jackpot. Both of these recipes are slight variations of each other. Talk about the perfect color combo for V-Day! They look so decadent and mouthwatering and, in my opinion, this is what this holiday is all about… doing something special for the people in your life. It doesn’t have to be fancy. It doesn’t have to be expensive. All you need is… LOVE!

Velvet Reddies
Velvet Reddies
1 box red velvet cake mix
1/4 cup canola oil
1 egg, beaten
1/4 cup milk
1 batch of cream cheese frosting (optional)
sprinkles for topping (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees. Put cake mix in a large bowl and mix in the oil and egg. Then add the milk slowly just until the batter is combined – you want it to remain as dense as possible. Place batter in a greased 8×8 pan or 8-inch cake pan and bake for 24-26 minutes. Let cool for at least 60 minutes before cutting/frosting because the gooey center needs to set. The result will be a decadent, brownie-batter texture.

Strawberry Pinkies
Strawberry Pinkies
1 Strawberry cake mix
2 eggs
1/3 cup vegetable oil
Powdered sugar (optional)
Preheat oven to 350 degrees and grease a 9×13 baking dish. Combine cake mix, eggs and oil in mixing bowl. Batter will be extremely thick. Mix until well combined and moistened. Press into bottom of baking dish. Bake 15 minutes. Allow to cool completely and dust with powdered sugar.

Full disclosure: I kinda dropped the ball and didn’t get around to baking them today like I wanted to. What can I say, I have everything but time. But, I’m absolutely going to bake these tomorrow. I didn’t want my time management skills, or lack thereof, to get in the way of others enjoying them. So, happy baking and do let me know how they turn out!

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